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April 14, 2012 | By James S. Fell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Actor Sean Astin - a.k.a. Samwise Gamgee in "The Lord of the Rings" - trekked across much of Middle-earth wearing hairy prosthetic feet. It's easy to be motivated with a legion of orcs on your tail. But on the streets of Los Angeles on regular old Earth, Astin must find the drive to run from within. On March 18, Astin ran the L.A. Marathon for the third time - but as he explained in a recent interview, he doesn't always find it easy to push himself to lace up those shoes.
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April 8, 2014 | By Chris Feliciano Arnold, guest blogger
Every few years rumors percolate of an imminent sequel to the 1985 film classic "The Goonies. " Director Richard Donner reignited the buzz last week, telling TMZ that the project is in the works, echoing star Sean Astin's 2012 claim that a second movie is "1,000% certain. " Warner Bros., for its part, won't confirm or deny that a "Goonies 2" is in the works. If there is, that is a 1,000% terrible idea, and any plans for a "Goonies" sequel should be buried in a cave and surrounded by booby traps.   If you grew up in the VHS era, chances are you have strong feelings about this movie.
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NEWS
December 27, 2001 | Robin Rauzi
The actor plays the hobbit Sam in "The Lord of the Rings." Flashback Friday: On a recent Friday we went to the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax to see, on the recommendation of my father [actor John Astin], a film by Harold Lloyd that he loved when he was a kid. In L.A., one of my favorite things to do is spend time with my dad. We might go to Guido's restaurant on Santa Monica Boulevard, right by Bundy.
HEALTH
April 14, 2012 | By James S. Fell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Actor Sean Astin - a.k.a. Samwise Gamgee in "The Lord of the Rings" - trekked across much of Middle-earth wearing hairy prosthetic feet. It's easy to be motivated with a legion of orcs on your tail. But on the streets of Los Angeles on regular old Earth, Astin must find the drive to run from within. On March 18, Astin ran the L.A. Marathon for the third time - but as he explained in a recent interview, he doesn't always find it easy to push himself to lace up those shoes.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2003 | Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
It's a measure of the sort of man he is that when colleagues talk about Sean Astin, it's not the work that's first in their minds. "The Lord of the Rings" star is an actor, the son of other actors, a real showbiz brat. But brat is precisely what Astin is not. "If you broke down on the road in the middle of the night and phoned him up, he'd be there in an instant to help," says Richard Taylor, the makeup and special-effects wizard who got to know Astin as they made "The Lord of the Rings."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2011 | By Gary Goldstein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The creative and marketing team behind the horse-racing mockumentary "And They're Off... " may have shot themselves in the, er, hoof by keeping this diamond in the rough away from reviewers. Turns out, the movie (filmed locally at Hollywood Park and Pomona's Fairplex Park) is a consistently amusing, sometimes hilarious spoof in the Christopher Guest mold; a warmly cockeyed look at a clumsy, yet hope-springs-eternal horse trainer, Dusty Sanders (Sean Astin), who's on a rocky ("Rocky?"
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 2003 | Paul Lieberman, Times Staff Writer
ELIJAH WOOD, who is given the job of saving the world (or Middle-earth at least) in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, began his career modeling little boys' clothing in a mall. He was just 7 when his mother moved him from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Los Angeles in 1988, and his screen debut came almost immediately, with a small part in the second episode of "Back to the Future." Enough decent roles kept coming his way that he did not have time to do a single stage play or complete high school.
NEWS
January 21, 1996 | Peter Rainer
Sweet-natured and unsurprising--about as hard to resist (and as intellectually demanding) as an affectionate puppy--this 1993 tale of a guy who never gave up on his dream of suiting up as a football player for Notre Dame benefits from a charming and engaging performance by Sean Astin (pictured) in the lead role. Otherwise, it's "Never Say Die"/" Gotta Be Me" all over again (HBO Sunday at 5:15 p.m.; Friday at 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.).
NEWS
April 8, 2014 | By Chris Feliciano Arnold, guest blogger
Every few years rumors percolate of an imminent sequel to the 1985 film classic "The Goonies. " Director Richard Donner reignited the buzz last week, telling TMZ that the project is in the works, echoing star Sean Astin's 2012 claim that a second movie is "1,000% certain. " Warner Bros., for its part, won't confirm or deny that a "Goonies 2" is in the works. If there is, that is a 1,000% terrible idea, and any plans for a "Goonies" sequel should be buried in a cave and surrounded by booby traps.   If you grew up in the VHS era, chances are you have strong feelings about this movie.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2006
A better title for this article ["For Silver Spoon Scions," July 16] would have been "Whiny Babies." Sean [Astin], maybe you should leave the shelter of your rich and famous "fraternity" and mingle with the masses. You might be surprised at how open-minded and friendly we can be! A word of advice to the "members of the tribe": Quit whining. LYNN E. POWERS Laguna Beach
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2011 | By Gary Goldstein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The creative and marketing team behind the horse-racing mockumentary "And They're Off... " may have shot themselves in the, er, hoof by keeping this diamond in the rough away from reviewers. Turns out, the movie (filmed locally at Hollywood Park and Pomona's Fairplex Park) is a consistently amusing, sometimes hilarious spoof in the Christopher Guest mold; a warmly cockeyed look at a clumsy, yet hope-springs-eternal horse trainer, Dusty Sanders (Sean Astin), who's on a rocky ("Rocky?"
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 2003 | Paul Lieberman, Times Staff Writer
ELIJAH WOOD, who is given the job of saving the world (or Middle-earth at least) in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, began his career modeling little boys' clothing in a mall. He was just 7 when his mother moved him from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Los Angeles in 1988, and his screen debut came almost immediately, with a small part in the second episode of "Back to the Future." Enough decent roles kept coming his way that he did not have time to do a single stage play or complete high school.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2003 | Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
It's a measure of the sort of man he is that when colleagues talk about Sean Astin, it's not the work that's first in their minds. "The Lord of the Rings" star is an actor, the son of other actors, a real showbiz brat. But brat is precisely what Astin is not. "If you broke down on the road in the middle of the night and phoned him up, he'd be there in an instant to help," says Richard Taylor, the makeup and special-effects wizard who got to know Astin as they made "The Lord of the Rings."
NEWS
December 27, 2001 | Robin Rauzi
The actor plays the hobbit Sam in "The Lord of the Rings." Flashback Friday: On a recent Friday we went to the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax to see, on the recommendation of my father [actor John Astin], a film by Harold Lloyd that he loved when he was a kid. In L.A., one of my favorite things to do is spend time with my dad. We might go to Guido's restaurant on Santa Monica Boulevard, right by Bundy.
NEWS
January 21, 1996 | Peter Rainer
Sweet-natured and unsurprising--about as hard to resist (and as intellectually demanding) as an affectionate puppy--this 1993 tale of a guy who never gave up on his dream of suiting up as a football player for Notre Dame benefits from a charming and engaging performance by Sean Astin (pictured) in the lead role. Otherwise, it's "Never Say Die"/" Gotta Be Me" all over again (HBO Sunday at 5:15 p.m.; Friday at 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.).
NEWS
July 24, 1994 | Peter Rainer
Filmmaker Marc Rocco understands how difficult it is to capture the immediacy of street kids' lives in a dramatized format. His 1992 film works best when it's at its loosest and most improvisatory. Whenever the seams in the script show, it loses its grit and takes on the aspects of a made-for-TV drama about runaways who end up on the streets of Hollywood.
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